Johnny Walker defeated Paul Craig at UFC 283 to finally earn back some respect for his name after losing in some big matchups. Now that the former prospect is back in the top rankings, many are wondering what his future aspirations are.
The Brazilian reveals a snippet of his potential endeavors using Daniel Cormier as a reference.
Speaking to the media in his post-fight press conference, the Light-heavyweight explained, “He’s champ-champ – two belts. Come on. That’s my dream, as well, and this guy did it, I want to be on his level one day. I want to be a good wrestler, improve all of my skills because I want to be there. I want to be ready to do what he did.”
The Brazilian understands the gravity of the task at hand, “I know it’s a huge thing to do. He’s a special fighter and motivation not just for me, but everyone else. He’s a big, big motivation”
The improvement in skills seems apparent per his claims, “I finished a guy in the top 10 in the first round, and this guy already fought three rounds with Ankalaev and finished Hill in the first hound, and then I finished him. It shows I’m getting better, and my evolution keeps going on. Every fight, I get a better fighter.”
Can Johnny Walker really be the next Daniel Cormier?
To compare Johnny and Daniel we should take a look at both their careers and fighting styles. Daniel Cormier is a wrestling professional who participated in the Olympics to compete in freestyle wrestling all the way back in 2004.
On the other hand, Johnny Walker relies more on his knockout power to win fights.
Johnny won his first 4 UFC fights but then lost the next 2. So far he has been on a win-and-loss streak interchangeably.
Unfortunately, he has lost to most of the big-time opponents he faced. Plus he is infamous for injuring himself during one of his post-fight celebrations.
DC, on the other hand, has lost to only Two legendary opponents in Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones. Johhny is already behind the two-division champ in multiple ways. Walker should consider himself lucky if he manages to become the champion in his current division considering the number of killers on top of the rankings.
Who do you want to see the Brazillian square off against?